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Bryn Heulwen and Monmouth Montessori School

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.8393 / 51°50'21"N

Longitude: -2.7888 / 2°47'19"W

OS Eastings: 345750

OS Northings: 215922

OS Grid: SO457159

Mapcode National: GBR FH.V6VZ

Mapcode Global: VH79B.M11C

Entry Name: Bryn Heulwen and Monmouth Montessori School

Listing Date: 19 March 2001

Last Amended: 19 March 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25057

Building Class: Education

Location: Standing on its own in a rectangular plot on the SW side of the lane between Llangattock-Vibon-Avel and Newcastle, approximately 250m NNE of the Church of St Cadoc.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Llangattock-Vibon-Avel (Llangatwg Feibion Afel)

Community: Llangattock-Vibon-Avel

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Built by the Rolls family of Llangattock, probably in the 1870s; and probably designed by T.H.Wyatt.


A school with integral master's house, designed in an expressive domestic Gothic style and built of snecked rubble with red tiled roofs, red terracotta finials and red brick chimneys. It has an elaborated cruciform plan on a WNW-ESE axis, with the master's house at the SE end a shallow T-plan backing onto the end of the school. The N front is an asymmetrical 1½-storey composition with 3 separate and unequal gables, the outer half-hipped and all with oversailing barge-boarded eaves and terracotta finials. The roof carries down to a low level between the second two gables, forming an entrance lobby which has a doorway to the left and 2 small square small-paned casements to the right, and on the slope of the roof above this is a hipped 4-light dormer window with similar glazing. To the left is a wide gable which has a large transomed 4-light window with a tile-hung tympanum and a chamfered segmental-headed surround, and a triple-slotted stone ventilator in the apex. The gable at the right-hand end is set back, smaller, with a half-hipped roof, and contains a transomed 3-light window like that in the centre gable. Beyond this, and strongly set back, is a small gabled wing in generally similar style. At the left end is the 1½-storeyed half-hipped gable of the house, which has 2 altered windows at ground floor and a 2-light casement above, in the same style as the windows of the school, and at ground floor is clasped by small wings with hipped roofs. The main features of the SE facade of the house are a central half-hipped gabled projection which has coupled windows at ground floor, a 3-light window at 1st floor and a side-wall chimney on the left; an open porch in the angle at the base of this, with a stone plinth and arch-braced posts carrying a hipped roof, and an inner doorway with a board door and a side-window; and a wide diagonally-set rectangular bay window at the corner of the wing to the left. At the rear the school has a half-hipped gabled wing in the angle with the house, and the roof of its main range carries down to form an open verandah formerly of 3 bays but now reduced to 2 (the roof now furnished with 2 large skylights), the 1st having been enclosed and incorporated with a modern glazed lean-to added to the back of the gabled W wings.


Alterations to the school include the insertion of hung ceilings which now conceal all but the bottom of the original open roof trusses.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its historical associations with the Rolls family of Llangattock and The Hendre, and as an interesting essay in the High Victorian "Modern Gothic" style pioneered by William Morris and Philip Webb.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Church of St Cadoc
    Approximately 1km N of The Hendre; and, apart from the close proximity of Llangattock Manor and Llangattock Farm, in an isolated position approximately 300m west of the lane between Hendre and Newcast
  • II Llangattock Manor with its associated garden terrace
    Approximately 1km N of The Hendre, and close to the church of St Cadoc, on a slope overlooking rolling countryside to the W, from which it is a conspicuous feature in the landscape.
  • II The Grange Farmhouse
    Close to its own extensive range of farm buildings, approximately 800m SE of Newcastle, off the NE side of a lane which coverges on the B4347 there.
  • II* Farmstead complex to NW of The Grange Farmhouse including walled poultry enclosure to NE
    On the W side of the farmhouse, approximately 800m SE of Newcastle, off the NE side of a lane which coverges on the B4347 there.
  • II Llanvolda Farmhouse
    Approximately 300m N of Hendre crossroads, off the W side of a lane running between Hendre and Llangattock-Vibon-Avel; attractively sited on a slope with woodland to the S and W.
  • II Croesvaen
    On the north side of the road, set back in its own garden approximately 80m E of the present main entrance to The Hendre.
  • II* Church of St Maughan
    Delightfully situated in rolling farmland approximately 7km NW of Monmouth, in an almost isolated position down a narrow lane off the NE side of the B4347.
  • II The Hall (former Village Hall)
    At the NW corner of crossroads in Hendre village.

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